pray vs prey : Common Errors in English

About pray vs prey

If you want a miracle, pray to God. If you’re a criminal you prey on your victims. Incidentally, it’s “praying mantis,” not “preying mantis.” The insect holds its forefeet in a position suggesting prayer.

pray Meaning(s)

  • (v) address a deity, a prophet, a saint or an object of worship; say a prayer
  • (v) call upon in supplication; entreat

prey Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
  • (n) animal hunted or caught for food
  • (v) profit from in an exploitatory manner
  • (v) prey on or hunt for

pray in News

  1. Upstate comes together to promote 107 days of nonviolence

    Dozens came out to the Peace Center in Greenville Wednesday evening to pray and take the pledge to commit to 107 days of nonviolence.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WMBF News Myrtle Beach

  2. South Africans pray for hospitalized Mandela

    SOWETO, South Africa - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New Haven Register

  3. "Cougar and Pray" coming to Clayton; Monique Marvez's ties to boyfriend, local theater are factors

    CLAYTON -- Get your tickets to laugh Friday and Saturday nights at Endeavor Hall when Clayton Community Theatre presents a stand-up comedy night, "Cougar and Pray," staring Monique Marvez.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Concord Transcript

prey in News

  1. Turtles watch for, snack on gelatinous prey while swimming

    Loggerhead turtles use visual cues to find gelatinous prey to snack on as they swim in open waters, according to new research.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  2. Research: Cheetah's acceleration, agility deadly combo for prey

    HATFIELD, England, June 12 (UPI) -- Cheetahs' success in nabbing their prey is because of their ability to accelerate and their agility, British researchers said in a study released Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort

    In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013, photo, biologist Jim Johnson stands beside baby bloaters being reared to restore the prey fish population in Lake Ontario swim in a tank at the U.S. Geological Service's Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science in Cortland, NY. The stocking program is the first to attempt to restore the natural prey population in such a large body of water.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Greenwich Time

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